Compiled by The Bedford Citizen
The 2016 Winter Holidays are just around the corner, and Bedford is ready to celebrate the season with a panoply of activities, beginning this weekend.
The fun begins before lunch on Friday when Clayful Expressions’ Open Studio begins at 11 am. Later on Friday evening, immerse yourself in the World of Music concert featuring Orlando Cela and Friends at Middlesex Community College, or “Shake Your Groove” at a ’70s dance party sponsored by the American Legion. On Saturday morning, the join the Trails Committee’s monthly guided walk through Bedford’s conservation areas.
The annual St. Paul’s Advent Fair opens Saturday morning at 9 am (check this 2-page PDF, complete with pictures and descriptions of all the offerings at the Fair).
Later in the morning, visit the holiday sale of Bedford-centric merchandise in the Freight House at Depot Park opening at 10 am, your purchases will benefit the Bedford Historical Society and the Friends of Depot Park among other local organizations, or visit Chip-in Farm to get the Luminaria that will benefit the Bedford Minuteman Company Foundation’s scholarship fund and light your paths on Christmas Eve.
Bedford’s Bedford’s Tree Lighting festivities commence with a free kids’ concert featuring Johnny the K at 3:15 pm in the auditorium at Bedford High School, followed by Rockin the Common, Kamate Fitness’s music-filled warm up on Bedford Common at 4:30 pm, and the tree lighting at 5 pm. Once the trees on the Common are aglow, children of all ages should watch for the arrival of a Very Special Visitor from the Far North.
Bedford’s second Winter Walkabout from 3 to 6 pm on Saturday afternoon is the collaboration of several Town departments — Healthy Bedford, Economic Development and Recreation – along with the Chamber of Commerce. Check out the Winter Walkabout news, with all the stores that will be open to show their wares, offer treats and entertain visitors. Or click this link for a printable/scalable Walkabout map.
And finally, late on Saturday afternoon, the BHS boys’ varsity basketball season kicks off at 6:30 pm with a celebration for players, parents and the community in the gymnasium. There will be interactive drills and a scrimmage.
On Sunday? There are a very few spaces remaining at the Mozart Tea – a formal Viennese tea party in the middle of a splendid concert of music by the master himself, performed by the musicians at First Parish on Bedford Common. If you can’t get tickets, there is apt be a seat for you to hear local food stylist and photographer Catrine Kelty speak about the Art Steering Committee’s current exhibit “Sketches from the Kitchen” before the artists’ reception at the Library.
And save some energy for this one! Online registration for courses and activities in the Recreation Department’s Winter Brochure opens at 9 pm on Sunday evening – remember, the most popular choices sell out within minutes, so be ready to pounce on the ones you want.
Editor’s Note: With thanks to the participating organizations for listing their events on BeTC, The Bedford Citizen’s town-wide calendar, funded in part by the Bedford Cultural Council. It’s open to your Bedford organization’s events. Click https://thebedfordcitizen.org/submit-an-event/ to add your event details, your press release, pictures, audio and video.